Braaaains: A Makeup Tutorial Inspired by Zombies

You probably heard about how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came out with a real guide to survival during a zombie apocalypse. How cool are they?

Truth is, zombies are becoming a part of every day life. Can you blame them? After all, they seek brains almost as fervently as a nerd looking for love.

With all this zombie talk, I just couldn’t help myself. I had to create a makeup look inspired by zombies. No, I won’t help you look like this:


(FYI, that’s from the original Dawn of the Dead by George A. Romero, king of the zombies. Zombies + Shopping Mall = WIN)

I’m not going to show you how to look like a zombie. You can find that all over the Internet. But I will show you how to do your makeup with the same darkness as a zombie, with colors inspired by their rotting flesh.


Time to get started.

brains02Start with a good primer all over your eyelid, and under your eyes as well. I used the primer from the NYC IndividualEyes Custom Compact.

brains03Next, put a greyish green eye shadow on your lid from the lash line to above the crease like shown above. Also, put it along your lower lid, just below the lash line. Pick a color that reminds you of the rotted, green flesh of the undead. I used Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Mildew.

brains04Time to get dark, just like the sunken eyes of a zombie. Use a black eye shadow in the crease and outside corner of your eye, follow the outline you made with the first eye shadow and blend the colors together. I used Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Oil Slick.

brains05See, zombies aren’t all clean and crisp. They’re actually pretty disheveled.

Add some whitish grey to blend up the edges of your shadow. I used the Revlon Matte Eye Shadow in Vintage Lace, which is a light beige that’s a few shades lighter than my skin.

Blend this under the eyebrow and in the inside corner of the eye.

brains06Finish up the eye with super dark eyeliner and mascara. Line all around the eye including the lower waterline. Use mascara on both the top and bottom lashes. I used the Maybelline Define-A-Line Eyeliner in Ebony Black and Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara Jet Black’>Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black.

Now, you’re probably going to have a lot of fallout, so clean that up. Then, cover your face in super light translucent powder.

Don’t use blush. Don’t use bronzer. What with the lack of blood flow, zombies can’t blush. It’s a proven fact.

Also, if you like to fill in your eyebrows, go a shade darker than normal. Trust me.

brains07Nice, huh? A zombie-inspired makeup look that’s still super glamorous.


But wait…are you inspired by a shambling, walking dead that can barely lift its arms, let alone attack someone? If so, leave your lips bare.

brains08But if you’re inspired by the zombie that finds human flesh, especially brains, a delicacy, paint up your lips in the bloodiest red lipstick you can find. I used Luzier lipstick in True Red and Merry Cherry.

Blood red lips? Totally like a bloody-mouthed zombie. You see the correlation, right?

Oh, the horror!


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  1. This is awesome! Love the concept and love the look. Great job!

  2. HAHAHAH I love that first picture! I think you could totally wear this look on a night out 🙂 It’s a very pretty smokey eye.

    • I like that first picture, too. 🙂 “Braaaains!”

      I actually wore this look a few days later at a science fiction convention, just as a cute smoky eye.

  3. this is the worst zombie makeup ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!you suck

    • You know this is just inspired by zombies, right? It says so right in the title. And as I say in the beginning of the post, this isn’t meant to make you look like a zombie.

      So, I’m pretty sure I don’t suck.

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